I have been making an effort to take a couple of late afternoons during the work week to go out for a bit of a hike. As always, I carry my camera gear, put on some earphones for music, and start exploring. The ability to clear my head, if only for a little bit, is an important aspect of reducing mental fatigue from days upon days of late nights working on the laptop, catching little sleep, and repeating the routine all over again.
The plan for this day was to walk along the lake shore and search for more driftwood or specks of color among the drab sand. Add in some long exposure action of lightly lapping waves and we are set. The only problem? After about an hour of walking around, nothing really caught my fancy. I had taken some photographs of a dead tree on the way in and was prepared to leave with no shots from the lake itself until this composition revealed itself. No, this is not your standard landscape photo.
What is it you ask? A tree stump, or maybe a lumpy piece of wood with reflections of white clouds up top and shot with an ND-110 10-stop filter to extend the shutter speed to 85 seconds to completely smooth out the surface of the water.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 38mm, f/5.6, 85 sec
Folsom (CA), Floating Stump, Cloud Reflection, Long Exposure, Monochrome. Folsom Lake, CA. March 19, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.